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The Last Dance
Season 7, episode 17
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Air date February 8, 1994
Writer(s) Tom Burkhard
Director John Tracy
Previous Joey's Funny Valentine
Next Kissing Cousins

The Last Dance is episode seventeen of season seven on Full House. It aired originally on February 8, 1994.

Synopsis

Jesse's grandfather, Iorgos "Papouli" Katsopolis, is back from Greece for another visit. The family finds it pleasant to have him around, and even more pleasant is when he decides to help make dinner that night, even engaging in a flour-throwing celebration while yelling "Opa!" (see Trivia). The next morning, Danny goes to wake Papouli up, only to discover that he had died in his sleep from heart failure.

Later that day, the sun may be shining outside the Tanner house; however, inside, the mood is dark and dreary. Everyone is devastated and in tears as they learn the sad news. Jesse wishes that he could have done something, but Becky assures him there was nothing he could have done. He feels that it is a bad dream; unfortunately, that bad dream is a reality and it hit them like a ton of bricks.

When Michelle arrives home from school and her Honeybee meeting, Danny tells her that Papouli had passed away. Looking at everyone else, and realizing that what she is apparently hearing is indeed not the news she wanted to hear, Michelle is even more devastated and shocked than they are. So much so, she throws the Honeybee project she made for Papouli down on the floor until it breaks into pieces, and storms off upstairs in tears. It turns out that Jesse is the only person who can comfort her, although he is taking it just as hard—and having an even harder time accepting the reality that his grandpa is indeed gone. Danny goes upstairs to talk to his "Little Princess", while everyone else continues to tearfully comfort each other, with Joey comforting Stephanie and Becky comforting D.J.

Upstairs, as the camera zooms up on the window of her and Stephanie's room with the sad music from earlier replaying, Michelle is crying on her bed, when Danny and (later) Stephanie each have a heart-to-heart with her (the latter's chat taking a cue from "Slumber Party" and the former reminding her they're still a family and she can come to him, Jesse, Becky, Joey, Stephanie or D.J. for help). After Jesse ensures both are doing OK, and his "Little Munchkin" thinks about Joey stuffing a whole doughnut in his mouth (eliciting audience laughter for the first time since the bad news), Stephanie hugs and praises her sister with a brief "Good job, kid" for keeping it together at the moment, and throughout the hard time that the family, as a whole, will have to suffer as a result.

Meanwhile, D.J. and Kimmy argue over a pair of sunglasses, but Papouli's death helps them realize that their friendship is too important for them to argue over a pair of sunglasses; before his death, Papouli told D.J. a story about two Greek guys who were fighting over a pair of slippers, and said even their friendship was more important than that.

After Papouli's death, Danny brings home a boat, with Papouli's name inscribed on the lifesaver in his name.

Afterwards, Jesse gets a phone call from Michelle's school, saying that Michelle was missing from school, so Jesse tricks Michelle using a pudding cup and asks her why she is out of school. Michelle says that she could not find her backpack. After a long, heart-to-heart conversation (in which she says that she acted bravely for him), Michelle asks Jesse if it's okay to cry; Jesse says it is, and they hug and cry at the same time.

Jesse takes Michelle back to school. When she tries to do the Greek dance Papouli promised, she is unable to remember a lot of it, but Jesse helps her by dancing with her (as the audience applauds and the EP credits appear).

Quotes

[The family is in the kitchen, devastated, shocked, and in tears over the loss of Papouli.]
Jesse: It's like a bad dream or something.
Becky: I know. I know. But you know, at least Papouli died peacefully in his sleep.
Danny: We all know how much he meant to you, Jess. He meant a lot to us, too.
D.J.: I'm gonna miss him.


[Michelle arrives home from her Honeybee meeting, entering through the back door.]
Michelle: I made this [her project] for Papouli. Where is he?
[Cut to a teary-eyed Stephanie.]
Danny: Michelle, Papouli's not here.
[She looks around at the family members.]
Michelle: Something's wrong.
Danny: Uh, sweetheart, this is, uh, this is not easy to say to you. Uh, this morning after you went to school, we went to wake up Papouli. Michelle, he died in his sleep, last night.
Michelle: What?
Danny: He was just... He was very old and his heart gave out.
Michelle: No! He's not dead! [She storms upstairs. Danny follows her, and everyone else comforts each other.]


[Stephanie enters the room. Still a little devastated, shocked, and teary-eyed herself, it's now her turn to have a heart-to-heart with Michelle.]
Stephanie: [takes a breath as she walks over] Hey, Michelle.
Michelle: Hi.
Stephanie: [sits on her roommate's bed] How are you doing?
Michelle: I feel like crying.
Stephanie: Me too. [she sits down on Michelle's bed and comforts her the best she can] But we can't do that in front of Uncle Jesse.
Michelle: Why not?
Stephanie: Because, if he saw us cry, he might start to cry again, too.
Michelle: Uncle Jesse was crying?
Stephanie: He started to. He didn't want me to see, but I did. Michelle, we've gotta be brave for Uncle Jesse, and not let him know that we're sad too.
Michelle: I don't know if I can do that.
Stephanie: You have to.
Michelle: But how can I stop myself from crying?
Stephanie: Just think of something funny, like, uh, when Joey stuffs a whole doughnut in his mouth.
Michelle: Yeah, that always makes me laugh.


Michelle: Papouli was supposed to come to school today, to teach my class the Greek dance.
Jesse: I'm sorry, kiddo.
Michelle: I was afraid that if I went to school and Papouli wasn't there, I'd feel sad.
Jesse: Michelle, it's okay to feel sad.
Michelle: But if I feel sad, I might cry. And then I can't be brave... for you.
Jesse: Michelle, where'd you get the idea you needed to be brave for me?
Michelle: From Stephanie. She said you were so sad, we shouldn't make it worse.
Jesse: Oh sweetheart, Stephanie... she probably thought she was telling you the right thing to do, but she was wrong. I'm gonna talk to her about that. Michelle, we should always share our feelings with each other. That's what makes us a family.

Trivia

  • The second appearance of Papouli; the first was in the season four premiere "Greek Week"
  • In Greek culture, "Opa!" is an expression used during celebrations such as weddings and often accompanies plate smashing
  • Kimmy's "Beavis and Boat-head" remark was a reference to the title characters of the 1990s MTV animated series Beavis and Butt-Head
  • Instead of the stills from just this episode, the credits are done over all the stills of Papouli's time with the family from both episodes
  • The only first-run episode to use the syndicated version of the opening theme song
  • A promo for this episode dubbed it a "Very Special Full House"[1]

References